No lesson plan? No worries. Try these tried and true Time-Wasters in the classroom today!
1. Ball of Fun
Bring ball (use a student’s sock if not available). Ask “How are you?” to a student and throw the ball at him/her. Student answers and then asks the same question to another student while throwing the ball. Repeat for 60 minutes. Restart from beginning when ball is dropped.
2. Photocopier Murder Mystery
Tell students you have to make a few photocopies. Leave and do not return.
Play hangman with serial number of classroom computer monitor.
4. Writing in Chains
Ask students to individually begin writing a short story on a set topic. After five minutes, students swap stories and continue their classmate’s story. Continue for 12 cycles. Once complete, place stories into garbage.
5. Real Listening
Talk about yourself for 60 minutes.
6. Chalk Hunting
One student is selected to be the Chalk Hunter. Everyone closes their eyes. During this time, the teacher slips a piece of chalk in someone’s mouth, who becomes the “Chalk Keeper”. The Chalk Hunter must locate the chalk, asking students questions such as “does the Chalk Keeper have brown hair?”, before it melts inside the Chalk Keeper’s mouth.
7. Country Debate
Students give presentations on their home country. Afterwards, students debate which country is the worst.
8. Student-Centered Teaching
Put students in groups. Assign each group pages of the textbook to teach. When groups are ready, sit at the back of the classroom. While students present their lessons, alternate between texting friends and sleeping.
9. Full-time Loser
Write names of school staff on the board followed the word Loser with a question mark. Without mentioning their objective, students then interview staff to find out who the biggest loser is in the building.
10. Real Shopping
Write your shopping list on the board. Send students out to purchase the items for you in the neighbourhood using real English.
11. Creative Story-Telling
In groups, have students build a story incorporating several thought-provoking objects you have brought to class (if unavailable, use ripped pieces of tissue).
12. Conspiracy Hunt
Write “Conspiracy theory” on board. Handout copies of the newspaper.
13. Pair-Pear-Peer teaching
In this PPP lesson plan, write the words pair, pear, and peer on the board. In pairs, pupils peer teach the words. Provide a pear to the perfect pair.
14. Verb Selecting Game
Write 20 verbs on the board. Each student picks one verb. Once this is completed, move on to next activity.
15. Hidden Item
A student selects an item from his or her pencil case and places it under a hat. Other students continue their work until the item is revealed somehow by accident.
16. Nervous Breakdown
Feign a nervous breakdown for thirty minutes. Afterwards, students write a reflection paragraph.
17. Watch Friends
(Especially the one where Joey and Chandler get a duck)
Contributed by Ron Jenkins & Yarzeus Lapelles of Englishcurrent.com (copyright)